“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Throughout history, warrior cultures worldwide — be they the Vikings or Samurai, the Spartans or Masai, the Celts or Mongols, the Knights or Aztecs, the Kshatriya or Apache — upheld behavioral codes that fortified the characters of their members. Their intent practice helped them openly confront the varied contingencies of uncertain life and possible death.
Similarly, students of the International Academy of WingChun (IAW) cultivate Five Virtues culled by our Grandmaster, Sifu Klaus Brand, from his extensive experience to guide your progress. He unveiled them at the IAW-US Instructor Seminar on October 14, 2012 in Berkeley, California. Mapped onto the inner circles of our emblem, they were transmitted as follows: Continue reading →
Sihing Paul Wang teaches Sihing Ayron Johnson Section 3.
The International Academy of WingChun (IAW) imparts both a comprehensive learning methodology and teaching pedagogy of WingChun Self-Defense.
Previously, I introduced “Feed, Read, Deed“ to guide your practice of specific exercises. The following — “Collect, Correct, Connect” — is a general framework to identify certain dimensions of progress. It clarifies the mode of learning you undergo at any moment. Continue reading →
Since 2008, I’ve travelled to Germany half a dozen times. I’m grateful for these opportunities to do so. Without my students, colleagues or teacher, this would be impossible. They support me physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, socially, financially. No one succeeds, though each one must proceed, alone.
Years ago I realized that I wanted to seek a path, to master something, to become extraordinary. None of this is a big deal. I am not the first to dream as such, even among the thousands to have come and gone in this last decade of the IAW. However, the sheer reality of necessary resources invested long-term is another matter. Continue reading →
“Everyone talks about it, that the weapons of WingChun would improve the system, but why did no one do it?”
— Sifu Klaus Brand
In popular conception, “wing chun” invokes several mental images. Besides the so-called wooden dummy, it is the iconic weapons. Nearly all lineages of wing chun impart them as the most advanced forms in their teachings.